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The city’s publication for its residents

September - October 2013

Q+A with Chef Michael Smith e’s one of Canada’s best-known chefs, and one of this country’s biggest culinary advocates – and he’s making a return visit to the Kitchener Market.


Chef Michael Smith will be promoting his new cookbook, Back to Basics, at the Kitchener Market on Sept. 21. Chef Smith has been passionate about cooking simple, great-tasting food since his mom first introduced him to cooking at an early age.

Smith believes that understanding the basics behind a recipe allows the cook to stir their own personality into their cooking. In Back to Basics, Smith shares 100 sure-fire classic recipes, tips, and cooking techniques. Smith makes his home in Prince Edward Island. We caught up with Canada’s culinary cutie for a quick Q&A:

Since then, Smith has become one of Canada’s most successful cookbook writers and a hugely popular celebrity chef on Food Network Canada as host of Chef Michael’s Kitchen, Chef Abroad, Chef at Home and Chef at Large, seen in more than 100 countries.

Q. What will you be planning for your appearance at the Kitchener Market? A. I'm looking forward to a fun, interactive conversation about my new projects and simple, fun approach to cooking!

community. The food traditions in KW are strong and tasty so I'm bringing an empty suitcase to fill with edible souvenirs for my kids! Q. Tell me about your new book. What can your audience expect from it, and what would make someone who is a “sometimes cook” pick it up? A. Back to Basics is all about understanding the simplicity and insight behind basic cooking so that you can have fun stirring your own ideas into the mix.

Q. Why Kitchener Market? Why here? What draws you to this particular market?

Q. When things are a rush, how do you slow down and savour what you create? Which do you enjoy more: creating the food or eating the food you create?

A. I always enjoy my time in Kitchener and look forward to visiting this beautiful

A. Life is all about the journey and nowhere is this more true than the

Words on the street ong-time TV broadcaster Lloyd Robertson, former actress Meg Tilly and Dr. Vincent Lam are among the authors who will be appearing at the 14th annual The Word On The Street in Kitchener on Saturday, Sept. 21, in and around Kitchener City Hall.


The Word on the Street is an annual one-day national book and magazine family festival celebrating literacy and the written arts. The Word on the Street promotes the importance of literacy with free exhibits, performances and hands-on activities. Author readings are taking place throughout downtown Kitchener: the city hall rotunda, city hall Civic Square, and Imbibe, Entertaining Elements and the Walper Hotel. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the line-up: • James Cunningham: A Canadian stand-up comedian and host of Food Network Canada's and Cooking Channel US's Eat St., a TV show about North American street food. • Linwood Barclay: A Canadian humourist, author and former columnist who has published autobiographies and both humorous and dramatic detective fiction. His novella, Never Saw It Coming, was released as an e-book in early August.

...a unique experience for any book lover

• Lloyd Robertson: Born in Stratford, Ontario, Robertson presented the CTV National News as chief anchor and senior editor. Robertson worked for the CBC, but joined CTV in 1976, retiring in September 2011 after broadcasting for more than 50 years. Last year, he released his memoir, The Kind of Life It’s Been. • Vincent Lam: An emergency physician in Toronto, as well as an accomplished author, Lam’s first book, Bloodletting and Other Cures, won the 2006 Giller Prize and was adapted to TV. His first novel, The Headmaster’s Wager, was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General’s Prize. • Meg Tilly: Actress and author, Meg Tilly’s fifth book, A Taste Of Heaven, was released earlier this year. She acted in the films Agnes of God, Big Chill and The Two Jakes, directed by Jack Nicholson. Her books include Singing Songs, Gemma, Porcupine and First Time. A number of exhibitors represent Waterloo Region’s vibrant literary scene, including booksellers, libraries, literacy organizations, publishers and small presses; it’s a unique experience for any book lover. Visit for more information. I

kitchen. If you're rushing just to get done you’re overlooking an opportunity to be present and enjoy yourself. Cooking is not a chore, it’s an incredible way to relax and enjoy yourself creatively! Q. How does your hobby of collecting maps play into your work with food, if at all? What do you do with your maps? A. I love the history and beauty of maps and how they connect me with a time and place in my past. Michael Smith appears from 10 a.m. noon, Saturday, Sept. 21 at the Kitchener Market. No ticket required, but space is limited. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, please visit I

City now taking community grant applications he City of Kitchener continues its support of local community groups through its Tier 2 community grants program, which is now open for applications for 2014 funding.


“Tier 2 grants are intended to provide financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations and groups that provide services or special events for residents of Kitchener,” said Kathleen Woodcock, manager of service coordination and improvement. “Organizations or groups in arts and culture, special events, sports and recreation, and community support and development will be considered for funding.” A review committee oversees the grant application and assessment process. The committee includes community members representing a cross-section

of interests and activities, city staff representing arts and culture, special events, community programs and services and minor sports, as well as city staff to administer the program. Council makes the final decision to award a community grant. Applications are due by 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, and late applications cannot be accepted. A public information session will be held several weeks prior to the application deadline, and groups considering applying for a grant are encouraged to attend. For further information, including details on the public information session, a complete list of the grant criteria or an application form, please contact Kathleen Woodcock at 519-741-2200, ext. 7597 or I

Your Kitchener Is published every other month to keep our citizens informed on local issues and events. If you have questions or comments please feel free to contact us by phone at 519-741-2200 x7383 or email at The City of Kitchener is committed to providing accessible formats and communication supports for persons with disabilities.If another format would work better for you, please contact the inclusion coordinator, City of Kitchener/City of Waterloo, at 519-741-2200 x7226.

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What’s On replanning seminars Delaying cemetery preplanning results in increased future costs – investing today results in savings tomorrow. We can show you how to save your family time and money. Join Kitchener Cemeteries on:


• Wednesday, Sept. 25, 5:30-7 p.m.

Roll out the barrel

• Tuesday, Oct. 8, 12-1:30 p.m. All seminars take place at Williamsburg Cemetery, 1541 Fischer Hallman Road, Kitchener. I estival of Neighbourhoods New this year – the Mayor’s Challenge! We want to know what your neighbourhood means to you. Use any medium you like and enter for a chance to win a walking tour with Mayor Zehr. Entries must be sent to the mayor’s office by 3 p.m., Sept. 30. For more information, I


he Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters Fair Imagine 35,000 square feet dedicated to knitting, offering an incredible display of a variety of yarns exploding in colour, knitting books, patterns and accessories. The fair features about 60 vendors offering the latest and greatest knitting products and will be held at The Aud on Saturday, Sept. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for more information. I


erman Shepherd Dog Show More than 300 German shepherds par ticipate in this exciting show on Sept. 20-21. Features conformation, obedience trials and a fun match. For more information, visit I


un at the market There’s always something fun happening at the Kitchener Market. For details, visit


• Sept. 12, 10 a.m.-noon: Kids in the Kitchen: Lunch bag bonanza • Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Inspiring Women event • Sept. 19-21, 4-10 p.m.: Waterloo Region Food & Drink Expo • Oct. 19-20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.: Wedding Trends show • Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-noon: Kids in the Kitchen: Pumpkins – more than Jack-o-lanterns I et loss workshop Kitchener Cemeteries hosts a workshop to assist people in finding comfort and gaining insight into mourning the loss of a beloved animal companion.


• Thursday, Sept.19, 6-8:30 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, visit or call 519-741-2880. All seminars take place at Williamsburg Cemetery, 1541 Fischer Hallman Road, Kitchener. I

ktoberfest 2013 marks the 44th year of celebrating Kitchener’s German heritage, and traditions certainly run deep. In no particular order, here’s a fun five list of things to check out:

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The Parade. The Oktoberfest parade has grown to be one of the country’s most spectacular Thanksgiving Day parades. Join more than 150,000 festival-goers along King Street on Oct. 14.

Opening ceremonies, and Grillefest. With that first kegtapping, let the fun begin! From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kitchener City Hall, members of Kitchener City Council and city staff serve up traditional Oktoberfest sausage and pop for $3.50. Proceeds are donated to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Call 519-741-2200 for more information. Family Fun! From Family Day at the Concordia Club with it’s bright, cheery tents, to the Family FunFest with Kitchener Fire, there’s fun for every age.


Cooking like Oma. Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Celebrate Oktober fest at the Kitchener Market! Bring your family to learn how to make pretzels and other traditional German food like Oma makes. Afterwards, see traditional German dancers and music and appearances from some of your favorite Oktober fest mascots.


Kitchener Willkomen Platz. Located at Benton and Frederick Streets, this Bavarian ‘village’ in downtown Kitchener offers free live entertainment on the children’s stage. Open daily from 10 a.m.-11 p.m.


Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest attracts more than 700,000 participants from across Canada each year. Every year, the event happens thanks to more than 450 volunteers year-round and more than 1,300 during the festival. And, rain or shine, we know how to have fun. As one of the city’s Facebook fans noted their favourite memory is: “the long wait in line outside of the festhallen, usually in the cold rain. Solidarity, brothers and sisters!” Visit for more info. I

Downtown incentives


vital, dynamic downtown is essential to a healthy community. Historically, it was the hub of a community, the heart of commerce and where people needed to be.

Enter the 1950s and the arrival of suburbia. Downtowns everywhere suffered from the exodus of businesses and residents choosing the suburbs for work and home. By the 1990s, Kitchener’s downtown was in a desperate state. The city knew it needed to do something substantial to bring life back to the heart of the city. In 1995, a plan was in place to make downtown Kitchener “open for business” and a number of incentive programs were developed. Financial incentives are tools Ontario municipalities commonly use to encourage redevelopment of their downtowns. Because it is typically more expensive to redevelop downtown proper ties than build suburban developments, incentives programs, like Kitchener’s, can include waiving development fees, building permits fees, parkland fees and development charges, to reduce the construction costs associated with redevelopment projects. Nearly 20 years later, with excitement and energy building in the downtown, the development charges by-law expiring and the city’s façade improvement grant program ending, it is time to review the incentives program. “Incentives are essential to community building,” said Rod Regier, the city’s executive director of economic development. “Without these incentives, the redevelopment of Kaufman Lofts, Arrow Lofts and the Tannery would not have happened. These former factories would still be sitting derelict today.” Changes are being recommended to ensure these incentives are relevant to the business community, reflect the city’s policy objectives and help to implement the Downtown Kitchener Action Plan. These changes include extending the development charge exemption and the façade grant program and adding a new program that would rehab derelict upper storey space into new office space for tech startups. Staff is also proposing to discontinue tax exemptions and major building permit rebates. “If we were to discontinue these incentives now, we believe that the consequences would be significant,” Regier added. “In fact, we estimate that intensification of the core would likely not happen over the next five years. Based on our analysis, we’re not yet in a position to discontinue the downtown financial incentives.” Incentives do come at a cost to the tax base however, either in the form of foregone revenue, grants or fees that the city has to pay on behalf of the developer. Staff is proposing changes that will reduce the risk to the city, the burden to the tax paying public and still stimulate growth while other projects, like the LRT are still being developed. Staff also hope many of these incentives can be phased out over the next five years as we see continued improvements in the downtown. To see exactly what changes are being proposed, and learn more about current incentive programs visit Your comments are welcome and encouraged. I

Share a bike ave you seen the bright orange bike racks around downtown Kitchener? These eye-catching racks house the region’s latest bikesharing program, Community Access Bikeshare (CAB).


Partially funded by the city’s former Local Environmental Action Fund, CAB is a project of The Working Centre, located in downtown Kitchener. The program is designed to provide a fleet of well-maintained and easy-to-ride bicycles to a wide-range of riders.

Did you know... Walkable and bikeable options create a liveable city. In Kitchener, 12,461 people work in the downtown core, and 42,300 people live within a 20-minute walk? “The city’s grant gave The Working Centre the opportunity to test, market and develop a Kitchener bike access project,” said The Working Centre’s Joe Mancini. “Without the city’s support, this project would not have been able to develop the community connections to design a made-in-Kitchener bikeshare project.” The program operates on an annual membership fee and through advertising revenues on the bike racks and sponsorships from organizations such as Ontario Centres of Excellence, the KW Community Foundation, TD Friends of the Environment, the Region of Waterloo and McPhail’s cycling shop. For more information, contact Adrian Underhill, 519-743-1151 x 172, or visit I

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The folklore of Kitchener Utilities itchener Utilities has a proud history as a community-owned natural gas supplier for more than 100 years.


When gas power came to the area in 1879, it caught on like wildfire. Dominion Button, located at King and College streets, installed the first gas-lighting system in Kitchener, then known as Berlin. Three years later, the Berlin Gas Company built a coal-burning plant on Gaukel Street to produce flammable gas. Town council installed 25 streetlights, several progressive factories converted to gas, and a number of "well-to-do" householders signed up. By the beginning of the 20th century, the Town of Berlin had purchased the company from the Breithaupts, a prominent family who also owned the electric utility and transit company. In 1903, the Town of Berlin took over the Berlin Gas Company. Its customers – 440 gas, 79 electricity, and 26 industrial – were now ser ved by the Berlin Light Commission and its appointed commissioners: Mayor J.R. Eden, H.J. Bowman, C.K. Hagedorn, C.K. Mills, S.J. Williams, and H.J. Bowman. Within 10 years, gas customers had

increased to 2,000, electric consumers to 1,078, and power users to 102. When a regional government was formed in 1973, gas distribution was no longer under the public utilities commission, but instead became a division of the Corporation of the City of Kitchener – or Kitchener Utilities. In the years prior to the Town of Berlin purchasing the private Berlin Gas Company, it is notable how the rates compare: at takeover, the old firm was charging $1.50 net for lighting gas, $1.25 for fuel gas, and 15 cents per kilowatt for electricity. In 1912, under the commission, the equivalent rates had shrunk: $1 for any gas and seven cents for electricity (now hydro-electric power from Niagara Falls). With that kind of history behind the utility, would it still be around if it hadn’t been also been built on integrity, fairness and customer ser vice? Today, as one of only two municipally owned and operated natural gas distributors in Ontario, Kitchener taxpayers are the owners of the utility. And, just like in 1903, when city commissioners managed the company, Kitchener City Council regulates Kitchener

Utilities, unlike private companies, who must have the Ontario Energy Board endorse their utility rates. “Our customers benefit from stable rates because of the way Kitchener Utilities is set up and managed,” said Wally Malcolm, director of utilities for the City of Kitchener. “Our customers appreciate that stability when it comes to managing their household budgets.” I

You’ve got a friend

eff Dunham Award-winning comedian Jeff Dunham and his cast of characters bring the fall leg of their 2013 “Disorderly Conduct” worldwide tour to The Aud on Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available in person at The Aud box office or the Centre In The Square Box Office,, or by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977. I

the importance of support during bereavement


ianne Bauer is no stranger to grief. She’s also no stranger to the importance of compassion and support as part of the grieving process.


As a funeral director and celebrant, Bauer encounters grief almost every day. And, once a month, she brings her experience, knowledge and empathy to Williamsburg Cemetery. Through a new community outreach program of Kitchener Cemeteries, Bauer facilitates a group of bereavement companions who meet from 1–3 p.m. on the first Sunday of the month in the Dedication Centre at Williamsburg Cemetery. Each afternoon begins with a warm welcome, followed by a short presentation on a topic of common interest. After the presentation, the group takes a leisurely walk along the serene paths in park-like Williamsburg, concluding the session with coffee and time to connect with others in the group.

Listen local hat the Kitchener Blues Festival is to blues music, the Kitchener Ontario Independent (KOI) festival is to the independent music scene, especially for local bands. Residents can take in performances from up-and-coming bands as well as undiscovered under-appreciated talent. In fact, over the two day festival – Sept. 13-14 – KOI showcases approximately 150 bands, with almost half from this region.


“The region has a deep pool of talent that needs to be exposed to the masses,” said Cory Crossman, who started the festival in 2010 with his brother, Curt. “Our job with KOI is to continue to make Kitchener a music destination.”

Young added that the festival generates over half a million dollars in the local economy and is one of the early anchors of Music Works, a City of Kitchener initiative to support, facilitate and accelerate the local music business cluster. It is now contributing to spin-off events that also foster the local music industry, such as KOICon (conference). This event, which was held for the first time earlier this year, brought together musicians and those involved in the industry. It also aims to integrate the tech and music communities through joint projects or shows.

And, the KOI music festival puts Kitchener on the national music map.

The two-day event features more than 150 bands performing live in a variety of locations throughout the downtown. This year’s headliners include Classified, Treble Charger, Bayside and Cute Is What We Aim For.

“KOI is regarded as one of the premier independent music festivals in the province,” said Jeff Young, manager of special events for the city. “It showcases the city and offers exposure for local bands that have contributed to this vibrant music scene.”

“We’ve promoted shows as more than just a business; they’re an opportunity to engage a community and form a scene of artists and musicians,” said Crossman. “KOI was the logical next step in both community building and promoting music.” I

What’s On

“They share their experiences with compassionate companions who are also working to recreate themselves, cope with their new day-to-day reality, and find their ‘new normal,’” said Bauer. “Participants have shared that bereavement can be a lonely and overwhelming journey. At first, family, friends and neighbours gather around to comfort and console. Everyone is kind, but soon they return to living their day-to-day lives.” She said everyone wants to “fix” the person who is mourning. “Participants tell me: I know that they mean well when they try to cheer me upand distract me from my grief, but the loss of a special loved-one is lifechanging and I can’t just ‘get over it,’ and it is not possible for life to ‘get back to normal’,” Bauer explained. Upcoming sessions: Oct. 6, Nov. 3, 2013. For more information and session dates, visit I

Connecting youth to city programs here are four keywords that now connect youth with the city through their phones.


The city offers a number of programs for youth aged 13-24 including drop-ins, skateparks and advisor y councils. By texting one of the key words below to 76000 they’ll receive information on how to get involved: • KitchenerYouth • KYAC • YouthDropIn • KitchenerSK8 Read more about the programs online at I


013 Capital One Road to the Roar Twenty-four of Canada's top curling teams will be at The Aud Nov. 5–10, in pursuit of the final four spots to be handed out for the chance to represent Canada in the Sochi Olympics, Russia. The Old Classic full-event pass, priced at $169, captures the excitement of every single shot over all 18 draws, including championship weekend. The Double Impact features two tickets for the final three round robin draws on Friday and all six playoff draws on the weekend. The $209 package provides two fans with nine draws of incredible curling. Both packages can be purchased online at, by phone at 519-578-1570 or 1-800-265-8977. I sk an Expert Have a question? We have an answer! We're bringing in experts from the City of Kitchener to answer YOUR questions - right on Facebook and Twitter! For details, visit


• Tuesday, Oct. 8, 12-1 p.m. on Facebook - urban wildlife • Tuesday, Oct. 22, 12-1 p.m. on Twitter - Kitchener's Downtown Action Plan I nteractive mapping tool launched! The city’s new geographical information services (GIS) mapping tool offers tons of information at your fingertips. Look up a ward, an address, a city park or your neighbourhood association. Find out how far you biked today on a city trail, explore aerial photos and, with the GIS layers, you can even see how much the city has changed over the years. Visit and select GIS/Mapping under the Business in Kitchener tab. I


his year’s Food and Drink festival, presented by the Kitchener Market and the Downtown BIA, features local food and drink vendors, cooking seminars, celebrity chefs, demonstrations, tasting and pairing seminars and live entertainment. Featured appearances include Michael Nazareth, chef and editor of Canadian Food and Drink Revolution, and music by jazz singer Rebecca Binnendyk, and jazz saxophonist, Tim Moher. The Food and Drink Show runs Sept, 19-21, from 4-10 p.m at the Kitchener Market. For more information, see I


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There’s always something fun happening at the Kitchener Market. Events take place Saturdays. For details, visit Sept. 19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Inspiring Women Event Sept. 19-21, 4-10 p.m. Waterloo Region Food & Drink Expo Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Live interview with Chef Michael Smith

Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Lunch bag bonanza Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Free Art Class with Art Innovators Oct. 19-20, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wedding Trends Show

Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Cooking like Oma Oct. 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Pumpkinfest Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Kids in the Kitchen: Pizza Pizzazz

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